Jake, knowing what I know now, I have to agree. I just discovered it the day I posted it; I've barely played and it's already let me down. It's not at all what I expected. I thought, "hey the graphics aren't great but if this is ANYTHING like stalker it's going to be great, awesome!!" and it's nothing like ANY of the games in the series. I'm so dissapointed. They might as well make it open-source, but it seems to me that they're all about money.
I've seen way better in less time from one guy, and this is supposed to have a whole dev team. I found a forum post that shows they at least listen to suggestions, and also proves how unrelated and different GSC really is from the sZone dev team. Too bad GSC didn't attempt this.
On another note, I'm excited to see what Bethesda can do with the series. What do you guys think about Bethesda making S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2?